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Fujifilm Unveils GF 50mm f/3.5 R: Its Smallest Medium Format Lens Yet

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Earlier today, Fujifilm unveiled its lightest, smallest medium format lens yet. The GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR expands the lineup of lenses available for the GFX series mirrorless medium format cameras, adding an incredibly portable, almost pancake-style 50mm that weighs only 335g (11.8 oz.).

With a full-frame equivalent focal length of 40mm and a reasonably fast f/3.5 maximum aperture, Fujifilm is targeting this lens at street shooters who have also picked up its rangefinder-style GFX 50R. The press release hails the lens as “easily portable and an ideal choice for street and landscape photography.”

Not that you couldn’t use this on the new GFX 100; with the release of this 50mm lens, Fuji reiterated that all GF lenses are more than capable of resolving that resolution if and when you need it.

The lens features an optical construction of 9 elements in 6 groups, including one aspherical element to keep spherical aberration and barrel distortion to a minimum. It’s also been designed with “minimal focus breathing,” which should make video shooters happy, and the 9 rounded aperture blades should provide nice circular bokeh in the right circumstances.

Here’s a closer look at the new Fujifilm GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR:

In addition to its small size, the other major selling points of the new GF 50mm f/3.5 are its fast and silent linear autofocus motor, and the lens’ 10-point weather sealing that promises to keep it dust and moisture resistant, as well as freeze proof up to -10°C (14°F)

Here are a few sample images Fujifilm has published that were shot with the new lens. All three were shot with the Provia film simulation on the Fujifilm GFX 50R:

The lens is scheduled to ship on September 26th, 2019 at an MSRP of $1,000. To learn more about the new Fujifilm GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR lens, head over to the Fuji website or pre-order yours on Adorama today.

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